ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Martin Ferrero was arraigned on murder and assault charges Tuesday afternoon in the death of his 64-year-old father, state geologist Thomas Ferrero.
Though the official autopsy has not been released, Albany police said the elder Ferrero was beaten and stabbed.
Albany Police Lt. Travis Giboney said police were called to the house he shared with his son around 7 p.m. Sunday after a 911 hang-up call and found obvious signs of violence.
Martin Ferrero was covered in blood and surrendered to officers at the front door, he said. “We know that Thomas suffered multiple stab wounds and also some blunt trauma,” Giboney said. The 26-year-old was later arrested and charged with murder and assault.
“We know little about what transpired or what caused this incident,” he said. “We know there was some alcohol involved. We saw evidence of that.”
Recent move to Oregon
Thomas Ferrero had recently joined the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries as the assistant director responsible for leading the Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation Program.
Pat Perez, the Assistant Director of the California Department of Conservation Office of Mine Reclamation, said Thomas Ferrero had worked there about eight years until he moved back to Oregon in January.
“I found Tom to be a very professional, exceedingly talented person,” Perez told KOIN 6 News. “He was one of those people that’s easy to get along with. His staff respected him very well, as I did.”
Perez said Ferrero was excited about returning to Oregon.
“He was just overall very excited about the position and being back where he went to school in Oregon and spent many years up there,” he said.
He said he knew of no issues Ferrero was having, “none whatsoever.”
“All those who knew him and worked with him and loved him, it’s just very tough for us, for everybody to try and comprehend what happened,” Perez said. “We’re just all deeply saddened and you know our hearts really go out to his entire family.”